Two-Thousand Seven

Two-Thousand Seven was the year of Superbad and Juno, the year that Bob Barker filmed his last appearance on The Price is Right, the year the final Harry Potter book was released, and the year the iPhone burst into existence.

However important and meaningful all these events were, they are not what makes 2007 a memorable year for me- which is saying something because I’m a huge Harry Potter fanatic.

On March 8, 2007 I looked at myself in the mirror and said, “Chelsea, you could meet thousands or millions of people and none of them will be Carlos.”

He had moved away in 2005 and we had kept in touch, but I was always scared to admit that the love of my life was living thousands of miles away. It was easier to pretend we could just be friends, even when we tried to make it work. My heart was in it, but the rest of me was absolutely insanely stupid.

I’ve loved Carlos since I met him in 2004, when we were 14 and both going to a school where we knew almost no one. I remember the first time I saw him, the notes we would slip in each other lockers, and how he choose the sweater-vest over the regular sweater for winter uniform.

I know a lot of people would say at 14, or even 16- the age I was on March 8th- is too young to know you’ve met the love of your life. But when you know, you know. No matter what age or how long you’ve known them, I think you know.

I loved him then, I love him now, and I’ll love him forever.

Summer 2007

Summer 2008

Autumn 2009

Summer 2010

Disney 2011

OBX 2012

Halloween 2013

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January 2014

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This is my new computer background.

I love Joss Whedon and pretty much everything he does. So this is the perfect way to inspire myself everyday!

[Disclaimer: I cannot find the original source for this image. The quote is from an interview with him in 2009. But I cannot find the artist who made this image, if you know just tell me in the comments. I love to give credit but I can’t find it!]

My Love/Hate Relationship With Living Alone

10 Reasons I love living alone:
  1. I can wear or not wear whatever I want around my apartment. Do my clothes have to match? Nope. Do I have to wear them? No. Can I change my clothes 8 times in twenty minutes till I find the perfect level of comfort? Yessir.
  2. There’s no weird food in the fridge, unless I’ve put it there myself. No one else is leaving a bowl of used steak marinade in the fridge for 8 months (this actually happened) or taking the liquid/juice out of my jar of pickles (also a true story).
  3. No one is waking me up other than my alarm or the sun.
  4. I have my own bathroom. This never happened till I lived alone. I grew up with my four person family sharing one bathroom and always shared in college. I never want to share my bathroom, shower, or counter space ever again. Sorry Carlos.
  5. No pressure to do things. Sometime I really need to do laundry but don’t feel like it, so I do not and no one says anything.
  6. My things stay exactly where I put them. With the exception of Carlos unplugging my blow-dryer every time he comes over (yes I notice), nothing in my apartment moves unless I move it which makes finding things pretty easy.
  7. I don’t have to make my bed for fold the blankets on my couch for fear surprise guests will see them.
  8. My Netflix choices are left un-judged. Did I watch Hercules the other day while doing laundry, and sing along very loudly? Yes, yes I did.
  9. There’s no worry about strangers being in my apartment. The idea that a stranger will see my bedroom very much bothers me. I don’t keep things overly tidy all the time so having someone else see my un-made bed, dirty laundry, full trashcan, or leftover dishes unnerves me.
  10. There’s something about having your own space that has no comparison. Everything is yours, you put it all there, no one is going to take it, no one is going to move it, and you can do whatever you want.
10 reasons I hate living alone:
  1. I have no idea what the weather is like. Usually I was not the first person to step outside of my apartment/house, so others could always tell me what Mother Nature was up to. I know, I could check a weather app or pop my head outside. But its a little thing that I always asked my roommate of four years and she often described the weather in clothes (definitely a jeans day or not a good dress day or yeah flip flops are fine today) terms which I miss very much.
  2. The What-Was-That-Noise Game. Roommates make is easy to shrug off unknown noises. When you live alone you just imagine a burglar or murder sitting in your living room waiting for you to check on the noise.
  3. No one else cleans. Literally no one. Magic dishes fairies are not going to do those dishes.
  4. The fear of falling/dying and never being found is REAL. Of course Carlos would realize after a bit that something was up, but I have no idea how long it’d take him to realize I didn’t lose my phone or fall asleep. If I fell at night, he might think I fell asleep and then he’d go to work the next day and it could be a whole 20 hours of just laying there before he comes over (yes these are things I think about).
  5. When I’m out of toothpaste, shampoo, butter, eggs, shoes I want to wear, or anything else… I cannot borrow it from my roommate because she does not exist.
  6. Rent & utilities.
  7. Bugs. They don’t kill themselves. And I cannot kill them, look at them, or dispose of them. Thank the Lord for Carlos.
  8. No one approves or disapproves or improves my outfits before I walk out the door. I feel like I should hire someone for this. But walking out the door, having only my own judgement to go on for what I will wear for the next 10 hours at minimum can cause mishaps.
  9. Although this is on my likes list…. No one to wake you up except your own alarm or the sun. If I oversleep for work, there is not a chance anyone else will see I’ve overslept and wake me up in time to quickly get out the door. Which happened more times than it should have in college.
  10. It gets eerily quiet. Walking into the dark, quiet apartment at night will never not be creepy.

One Year

One year ago, on February 6th, I found out that I was chosen to be hired by a job in San Antonio, TX. Ever since then its been a busy year…

I accepted my first full time, with benefits, big girl, real world job.

I applied for my first apartment.

I realized how much crap I own.

My dad fit all that crap into a small trailer.

I said goodbye to the East Coast.

I said goodbye to my first car.

I said goodbye to the mountains,

to the bone chillingly cold weather,

to the snow,

and my home.

I said see ya later to my friends and family.

The fact that my parents love me was reconfirmed,

as they drove me across the country,

while I as a coughing sick mess,

all the way to Texas.

I forgot my bike.

I said hello to my first apartment.

I said hello to my first HEB shopping trip.

I bought a car.

I said hello to my first day of work,

and Texas traffic.

I made a budget and paid bills.

I discovered a new kind of responsibility.

I embraced my crock-pot and cooking skills.

I conquered cockroaches.

Haha just kidding,

they’ll always be terrifying.

I changed my address.

I lived in the same city as Carlos,

for the first time since 2005.

I was welcomed into his family with open arms.

I was given Rainbow loom bracelets,

a lot beautiful drawings,

home cooked meals,

and the nickname Cheese.

I discovered what hot weather really feels like.

I went to kid’s basketball games, soccer games, and swim meets,

birthday parties, and school shows.

I found myself uttering my dad’s famous words, “I said stop not slow down.”

And my mom’s “I’m running out of pie.”

I discovered the joy of having younger siblings.

I missed my family, and the mountains.

But I went home to visit,

to celebrate birthdays and holidays.

I had my first visitors in my own place.

I explored San Antonio,

the parks and zoo,

the farmer’s market,

the river walk,

60 oz margaritas,

enchiladas,

and barbeque.

I got to date my boyfriend.

I saw new movies with him,

discovered new restaurants,

laughed harder than ever,

and saw him more times in a month

than I had in the past year.

We’ve shared more of ourselves,

discovered our most annoying habits,

found the perfect couch cuddling position,

watched so much Breaking Bad together,

and still found ways to surprise each other.

And I fell in love with him all over again.

In the past year I’ve fallen in love repeatedly,

with the love of my life

and with the open Texas sky.

Texas Weather

The weather and seasons in Texas are so different than Maryland. We’re only seven days into November and the temperatures so far have been anywhere from 53 degrees to 85 degrees! When I think of November, I’m ready to put on boots, scarves, gloves, and a jacket before I go outside. Yet that it not the norm here. The weather has been really nice lately, especially after the time fell back and the evenings are beautifully cool. The sky has be quite beautiful as well.

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I love looking up in the evening to be caught off guard by this beautiful sky. Now that November is progressing it is more cool than warm outside, and I’ve already freed my scarves from their storage prison. I’m so ready for any cool days that Texas has to offer. I hope the beautiful weather continues because my Mom is coming to visit and I want Texas to show off it’s nice Autumn days!

Christmas is coming…. No wait it’s here

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There is an infestation of all things Christmas and holiday at my local Target. I ventured in yesterday to pick up a few groceries, since my Target is a Super Target, and would not have guessed that it was the first week of November. I’m all about Christmas, I love it and the candy and the smells and foods and everything. However I know most people feel that it’s way too early to start celebrating Christmas, because Thanksgiving isn’t even here yet! I pretty much agree, but I do know I’ll probably start listening to Christmas music soon because I can’t resist.

Speaking of things I cannot resist, I have to admit that I bought two of the things in those pictures… Sugar-free Peppermint Mocha Coffeemate Creamer and a small box of Candy Canes. Coffeemate’s version of the Peppermint Mocha creamer is by far the best! It’s my all time favorite flavor and the only time I can find the extra large bottle of the sugar-free variety is around the holidays. I’ll will definitely be stocking up. I also just love Candy Canes and feel no shame in purchasing these within the first five days of November.

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One thing I will be going back for when I find a Glade coupon, which are usually easy to find, is this candle. I currently burn their 2 in 1 Apple Cinnamon Cheer and Creamy Custard candle all the time and love it. I will either be picking up this 2 in 1 version, or maybe just the Sparkling Spruce because it is a very light and sweet pine candle. I can’t wait till I put up my tree and decorate my apartment for the first time and string up all my lights and burn some Christmas candles. Enough about Christmas though, lets enjoy Autumn while we can!

Time for Scarves!

It is now time to break out my scarves for the fall and winter! I love scarves. They are the best functional accessory and pretty much go with everything. I love all different colors and styles! Although my favorite has got to be infinity scarves, because they’re so simple to wear.

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Today I brought them all out of their box in my closet and found a new way to store them. I saw the idea online somewhere and it was really easy to do. Just pull the scarf into a loop around the hanger, and you can fit three to four on each one!

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